Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 10/13/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 31, Washington Redskins 16
October 13, 2013
The Week 6 edition of “Sunday Night Football” made for some must-see television. Games between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys always seem to be hard-nosed battles, but this one took on some extra importance as it would allow the victor to gain a solid foothold in the NFC East. The Redskins were coming in fresh and well-rested after a bye week, and the Cowboys had something to prove in front of their home crowd after a razor-close shootout loss to the Broncos in Week 5.
Let’s take a look at the numbers and the noteworthy players from the game so we can determine exactly why this one played out as it did. Afterward we’ll glance forward to Week 7 to take a peek at what’s in store for each team’s immediate future.
What Happened: Most people--ourselves included--thought this would be more of a quarterbacking duel, what with Tomy Romo’s historic performance last week and Robert Griffin’s extended rest, but it ended up being anything but. The Dallas special teams and defense won this one, setting up the offense with an 86-yard punt return, a 90-yard kickoff return and a fumble recovery at the Redskins’ 3-yard line.
That considered, the game was close for most of the way. Even with all the help and a TD on the opening drive, the score remained 21-16 late in the third quarter. The Cowboys defense was able to step up and force turnovers on both of the Redskins’ last two possessions, though, and Dallas held strong for a much-needed 31-16 victory.
The win brings the Cowboys to 3-3, while the Redskins drop to 1-4.
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The Stars: Dwayne Harris earns top honors here. He was the unexpected star of the show, posting 222 total return yards and a score to set the table nicely for the Dallas offense. Defensively, the squad came up with three sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception.
DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle controlled the game on the ground, posting 46 yards and two touchdowns between them. That said, the offense really didn’t have to do much.
On the other side, Alfred Morris posted 16 carries for 81 yards and a score, but 45 of those came on a single TD run. RG3 also came up with 77 yards on the ground himself.
The Goats: Speaking of Griffin, he just doesn’t seem like himself this season. He finished 19-for-39 passing with 246 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. We’ll chalk it up to his recovery from knee surgery and lack of a defensive supporting cast for now, but the downer performances and ugly record this season are certainly disheartening.
The Redskins also didn’t help their cause with their 12 penalties for 104 yards and 0-for-3 red zone efficiency.
Injuries: It’s not all good news for Dallas this morning. They lost starting RB Murray to a knee injury in the second quarter and DeMarcus Ware had to exit as well. We’ll have to see what the tests say this week, but either player would be a noteworthy blow if he can’t play next week.
Washington lost a pair of players as well: DB David Amerson (concussion) and LB Brian Kehl (knee) both came out.
Outlook: The Redskins will try to right their ship in Week 7, but it won’t be easy. The Bears will be coming to town, rested and fresh off a victory against the Giants.
For the Cowboys, they’ll head to Philadelphia for what’s perhaps the biggest game of the year thus far.
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